Lata's magical rendition of Sajjad's composition- Aye Dilruba is stuff of legends. Music aficionado Archisman Mozumder adds one more heart-rending legend to the storied song.
Australia-based film-maker Abhijit Deonath pens a memorable picture of the moments he was stopped in his tracks by a Lata-Pancham-Bakshi beauty.
Reshma Aur Shera's Tu Chanda Main Chaandani is an exquisite masterpiece. Dr. Dhirendra Tripathi explains his fascination for the song.
The actress Sadhana told Vishwas Nerurkar the interesting story behind the making of Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim. Excerpts from Nerurkar's book on composer Madan Mohan.
This kind of muted yet assertive emoting was right up Lata Mangeshkar’s alley.
"To understand her music is a process akin to the state of meditation – the perfect communion with the present, by shedding away the intrusions of the past and avoiding gazing at the looming shadows of the future. " writes Dr. Mukul Acharya.
"In Indian popular music, the singer who has had the strongest impression on me is Lata Mangeshkar, the influence comes out so naturally in my articulation about Lata’s singing, friends in social networking circles often call me a LATAliban."says Indranath Mukherjee.
'It is ‘kichhu to chaahini aami…’ that has made me subconsciously aware of the phenomenon that is Lata Mangeshkar.'- writes Archisman Mozumder.
"O Sajnaa Barkha Bahaar Aayi from Parakh (1960) is a song that defines Lata in my mind." writes Dr. Mandar V. Bichu.
"Against the backdrop of the bewitching black and white celluloid imagery, a mesmerizing song pierced through."- by Dr. Mandar V. Bichu.
No other film song has brought out the reckless rebellious nature of love in such dignified, determined and defiant manner.
“Even today when I think of that song, I feel young all over, ready to sing and dance! Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai, Aaj Phir Marne Ka Iraada Hai!”
This Marathi non-film song is a moving expression of a distraught daughter's gratitude towards her departed father.
RC Boral's body of work with Lata is limited to just 2 movies and a huge chunk of that is from Shri Chaintanya Mahaprabhu.
The opening line "raat andhiyaari hai" sets the tone for this melancholy nocturne.
"You can come to my place and stay. I will charge you one rare Lata song per night" Anant Rege said when I was planning to visit Canada to get US my visa stamped.
I came to the last tape which I wanted to junk along with the rest but decided to have a quick listen. And out came this song that just had me spell bound.
Coming to this Joru Ka Bhai-song, while the entire song is a masterpiece, there are still three specific highlights for me.
Some songs don’t just remain mere frameworks of notes rendered by some voices- instead they go on to become legends, thanks to their historical significance.
Lata’s soulful vocals turned Babuji’s Bhupali – raag based composition into a divine spiritual journey.